When you think of the Los Angeles landscape, you think of endless stretches of highway and asphalt, smog and gaudy billboards blotting the skyline, skyscrapers erupting in patches across the city like syphilis outbreaks. Let's not forget that there are some gorgeous oases of state-sponsored greenery and water throughout L.A., and many of them are in danger of closing as a result of the $14.2 million General Fund budget cut that Gov. Schwarzenegger signed into existence last month, as part of the embattled 2009/2010 California budget.
Enter FYF Fest (nee Fuck Yeah Fest), an L.A.-based, DIY festival and concert promotion company run by 20-something Sean Carlson and Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris (FYF Fest recently co-presented the SunnO))) show that I reviewed here). This year's Fest, to be held at the Los Angeles State Historic Park on September 5th, will be dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of California's state parks. It also happens to have a nice proportion of metal and extreme-music bands:
Converge (whose new album Axe to Fall is out on 10/20 - new track "Dark Horse" is fantastic)
If that list doesn't inspire an immediate $20 ticket purchase, how about this: taco eating contest. You hear that, Dino Cazares? It's ON.
For more information about the FYF Fest, and to purchase tickets, visit the FYF Fest site.
Want more info about saving California's state parks? Go to the California State Parks Foundation website right here.